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the formation of their first Children's Garden, only a few parents took an interest in it; but they still felt confidence in the result: and the Educational Exhibition, which took place in St. Martin's Hall, in 1854, afforded the desired opportunity of bringing the system prominently and advantageously before the public. Several of the requisite playthings had been sent to the cxhibition, and the Council of the Society of Arts had requested Mrs. Ronge to give further explanations of their use. This was complied with ; an address was delivered, and the games of the children were exhibited; after which the Children's Garden was frequently visited by the parents of children and the friends of education.
“Then arose a demand for a book which would enable parents and guardians to use the playthings in their nurseries and school-rooms at home, as well as in the public seminaries; and to meet this demand the following work has been written. Persons wishing to become practically acquainted with the system, so as to be qualified for teachers, may receive the necessary instruction on application to the authors."*
SWEDENBORG SOCIETY, LONDON. able shop or store; of a hall or room
above, sufficiently spacious for all the The anniversary of this society was ordinary meetings of the society, but held June 19th, at the new premises, by no means large enough for extraor36, Bloomsbury-street. These premises, dinary assemblies, such as the one the purchase of which, as intimated in lately gathered together to commemothe society's last report, and also in a rate the first anniversary held on the former number of this magazine, has new premises of the society. There are been effected and presented to the also offices and apartments for the insociety by private munificence, are well telligent and worthy individual who now situated, in the immediate vicinity of acts as curator of the society's stock, the British Museum. The situation is and transacts the business of the insticentral and highly respectable, and will tution. command the attention of the public. As an essential feature in the business The occupation of this new and eligible of the annual meeting we will here only position forms a new epoch in the his. mention, as the report will very shortly tory of this useful institution. It will appear, that the society have resolved become, we doubt not, a centre of union, to lower the price of the books, at least, and of united and energetic efforts to if we mistake not, one-third.
The promote a knowledge of the Truths and magnificent volumes, therefore, of the Doctrines of the New Dispensation. “ Arcana Cælestia" which for a time To this centre the foreigner and the past have been sold at the low price of stranger, who feel an interest in the 6s., will now be reduced to 4s. ; so that, cause of the New Church, may come considering the quantity of matter conwhen they visit the metropolis, and meet tained in these volumes, and the correct with a courteous and cordial welcome, and elegant style in which they are and have their inquiries as to the publi- printed and presented to the public, cations of the society and as to the pro- they are by far the cheapest publications gress of the New Church abundantly that emanate from the press. satisfied. The premises consist of a In the evening, immediately after the commodious depôt on the ground floor, business of the annual meeting was answering all the purposes of a respect-finished, about 300 ladies and gentle
* At 32, Tavistock-place, Tavistock-square, London.
men assembled and partook of tea and of divine interpretation into a clearness coffee as well as they could, for not only and a brightness of light that brings a the great room, but every avenue in the sevenfold glory to human comprehenpremises was crowded with persons who sion. A millenium is looked for by many evidently took a great interest in the Christian interpreters as anticipatory of proceedings and objects of the society. the final judgment; it is a promised
Shortly after this social repast, during visitation, but their interpretation is which much mutual cordiality was felt deficient because the evidences are deand expressed between the friends and fective. These evidences like the milacquaintances assembled, Dr. Spurgin, lennium itself, are of a spiritual and not the President of the Society, called the of a natural order. The interpretation meeting together, when the efficient must be spiritual to meet the comprechoir sang a piece written for the occa- hensiveness of the subject, “for every sion, entitled the “ Dawn of Day,” after eye shall see him, and even those that which the president addressed the meet- pierced Him,” in the clouds of heaven ing as follows:
more especially. In this world's clouds Ladies and gentlemen, - If I were he is seen by very few comparativelyasked why I believed the extraordinary its events, its passing phenomena, are statement made by Swedenborg, that viewed by most people in relation to our the last judgment referred to in the heavenly Father through a dark, nay a Sacred Scriptures took place in the mysterious medium; and judgment is spiritual world in the year 1757, I should formed concerning Him from the temanswer that the force of his testimony pest and the cataract, from war and peswas irresistible upon the inquiring tilence, rather than from sunshine and mind. The inquiry into the grounds of fruitfulness, from peace and health. He Swedenborg's claims I ventured to in- cannot but be viewed falsely through stitute for myself, rather than rely on the the dense medium of this world's disrepresentations of others. I did so in orders and disturbances. On these, the face of every prejudicial consequence however, it is profitable for the spiritual that could deter me from making the mind to be engaged sometimes, as useful investigation. I had no desire to con- lessons can be derived from them in trovert any position that claimed the subserviency to purely spiritual consiplainer parts of Scripture and the clear derations. Thus if we turn our attendeductions of reason for its support, tion to worldly affairs and to times and nor had I a wish to become a disciple seasons, we can discern that the earthly of any interpretation that might be wants of man were never so bountifully favourable to my predilections and responded to in former days as they have weaknesses. I was resolved upon an been within the last century; whether honest inquiry, and upon an honest these wants refer to social, to civil, or adoption or rejection of the testimony to economic life, the world teems with according to the result upon my judg- the means of meeting them either as ment; and in humility of spirit I asked realized facts in the more civilized porfor the requisite power to distinguish tions of the earth, or as examples for between truth and error, and for strength the less civilized and newly originating of purpose to render myself as useful communities to imitate or to adopt. as possible, under the convictions that Even the wants that come of our commight arise in my mind, whether favour- bative nature, when the force of arms, able or otherwise as to the authenticity rather than of reason or expostulation of the man. I have not been alone in is resorted to, are supplied with wonthis course of action. The majority of derful adaptation to its destructive prothose I now have the happiness of ad- pensities. Never was the art of war so dressing are with me in heart, in mind, consummately pursued as now, to render and in personal devotion to truth, irre- opposing powers strangely equal in conspective of every secular consideration. test; never were hostile armies more The Lord of Life and Light has come hostile, nor their instuments of destrucagain in the spirit and power of His tion so destructive. Never did liberty Word. He can be seen by every under- struggle with greater manliness against standing in the heavenly clouds which despotism, nor presumption of intellect are condensed in the letter of that Word, receive so great a check at the same but which are now resolved by the help time from the usurper's strategy to con. stitute an era of humiliation as well as secution against them, interested the of encouragement. The intellect of man historian in recording its beautiful has been humbled by man even whilst manifestations. The axe-head neverboasting by the mouth of his rulers of theless dropped as it were into the his love of liberty; nothing daunted, waters of strife, and the church, as the however, he, in perceiving his error, ad- labourer, has poured forth a long heres to the determination of upholding lamentation over the loss of the powerliberty of conscience for the good of man ful instrument which could work so kind, and therefore finds his courage effectively upon the stubborn heart of overcoming the consequences of his con- man to clear the way for a better culticeits. These events, deeply interesting vation. The facts of science and the as they are to the cause of the New records of Revelation have been sunChurch, and as securing the liberty of dered even as the axe-bead from the conscience more firmly, yet they are not hand of the workman; but He whom the evidences of a coming millennium the prophet represented has been with according to its common acceptation, the honest labourer throughout, even but of a spirit that is developing itself in the tangled forest of this life's labour. towards the establishment of a better He has beard the voice of his lamentarelationship between men of divers tion over his conscious helplessness. creeds, so that the race shall be for the He has made the iron to float so that swift rather than for the mighty; or so the labourer can again avail himself of that it may at length be manifest that its efficiency, in enabling him to work in the Word of God is running very swiftly good earnest to cut away the misto outstrip the desires of men. Allworldly chievous and useless things from the events are tending to the overthrow of ground of his own heart, and thereby the “ tradition that makes the Word of in himself, and in co-operation with a God of none effect;" the interpretations multitude, he can prepare a vineyard that are founded upon such tradition meet for his Lord at his second appearmust fall down like Dagon before the ing to abide in for ever. To the formaark; for obedience to the command. tion of such a vineyard are these our ments which have been concentrated efforts devoted, and we would invite all into the new commandment that renews men into it upon the equal terms of all things, is as the power of Sampson fellowship and good will. We must in the midst of the Philistines, pro- remember that we are now inviting the vided all scientific truths are not shorn attention of the world more openly than away from their head by the seductive heretofore; the New Church, and all harlotry of unwedded faith. To such an that this term comprehends, has many end is even war a permitted evil, as well enemies; the enmity comes either of as a subservient instrument; for on the malice, or of ignorance, or of contempt; one hand it represses the otherwise in- it comes from a questionable source, at domitable ambition of man, his strong all events ; but it is not for us to prolove of power, and the innumerable voke it, nor to resent it, nor in any way forms of its unceasing manifestations, to compromise the spirit which her whether in the political, the commercial, doctrines so clearly and so satisfactorily or the ecclesiastical sphere; and on the inculcate.” other hand it establishes a common After this speech of the president, the bond and interest among communities Rev. J. H. Smithson, of Manchester, greater and less for mutual protection addressed the meeting. He congratuand support, whereby national jealousies lated the society on the magnificent gift and private animosities are weakened of the building in which they were assemand broken up, so as to exhibit in full bled, and which had been so munificently contrast the excellency and happiness of presented in order to promote through peace and the brutality and misery of war. the Lord's providence and blessing, the At our Lord's first advent the axe was objects and uses of the Swedenborg laid at the root of the corrupt tree of society. As a centre of their united human nature with its corrupt fruits; operations for the spread of the genuine and for a season did his disciples realize truth and doctrine of God's Word, it in their love of one another an example could not be sufficiently valued. It was which, whilst it exasperated the power- not only a new centre of union and conful of the earth to institute a cruel per- cord for the friends of truth, but it was
at the same time a point of attraction wards at intervals gave some glees, to which the eyes of the public would which were well executed. At eight be directed. It behoved us, therefore, o'clock, Mr. Swain Rhodes, the vicein our new position to be circumspect president of the institution, took the and cautious, that nothing might occur chair, and said they were met there for which could hinder the progress of the the purpose of presenting to Dr. Bayley sacred cause we were met to commemo- a slight testimonial, as a token of gratirate on this joyful occasion. The speaker tude for the services he had rendered to also alluded to several other topics of the institution since its commencement. interest, but we have not space for a full They all well knew the worth of Dr. report of the several speeches.
Bayley's services, and it would therefore A Swedish gentleman, M. Darnstrom, be useless for him to attempt to describe delighted the meeting with two songs, them, but he must say that to this inwhich were given with much vocal beauty stitution the services rendered by the and artistic skill. Miss Collins charmed Rev. Dr. were invaluable. He had always the audience by singing “Oh, Thou been ready and willing when requested that tellest good tidings," and several to assist in anything which tended to other pieces were executed with much benefit the institution in particular, taste and effect. The meeting was also and also the town of Accrington. He addressed by the Rev. Messrs. O'Gor- was sure every member would regret man, Shaw, and Bruce; and likewise by that the doctor was about to leave them Messrs. Bateman and Finch. Gladly —they were losing a very good friend would we here reproduce, for the benefit and benefactor. The testimonial which of our readers, most of the excellent was about to be presented to the Dr. sentiments expressed in these speeches, was not one arising from any particular but our space forbids us to expatiate; sect, but from persons of all the religiwe cannot, however, refrain from stating ous denominations in Accrington ; for that Mr. Finch's address was full of there were all sects in this institution, practical points of great importance, and this would no doubt far enhance its which the numerous audience evidently worth in the estimation of the Dr. He took to heart with a determination to was certain he spoke the entire sentiprofit thereby. The treasurer, Thomas ments of every member of the instituWatson, Esq., announced that the sum tion, when he said that the services renof £121. 17s. had that day been received dered by the Dr. would ever be rememas subscriptions to the society's funds. berdd by them, and the Dr. would no
doubt always be glad to hear of the ACCRINGTON.
future progress of the institution. Mr. (From the Preston Guardian, June 23.) Rhodes concluded his address by apolo
gizing for the position he then held; he Presentation to the Rev. Dr. Bayley.- could only very imperfectly perform his On Thursday evening week, the mem- duties. However, they must excuse bers of the Accrington Mechanics’ Insti- bim. He had consented to fill the post tution presented to the Rev. Dr. Bayley he did in consequence of the absence of a very beautiful timepiece, as a token of the president, Benjamin Hargreaves, esteem for the very valuable services he Esq., who was then, he believed, on the has rendered to the institution. The Continent. He called upon Mr. John Rev. Dr. we believe, is shortly leaving Heyworth, the secretary, to read the Accrington, and the members of the presentation address. Mr. Heyworth, institution determined to show their after a few introductory remarks, read respect for his public worth and private the following address, and afterwards character before he left them. The pre- presented tbe testimonial to the doctor. sentation took place in the national The address was signed by Mr. Rhodes school-room, and long before eight and Mr. Heyworth, on behalf of the o'clock, the time appointed for the com- members of the institution, and was mencement of the meeting, the room beautifully written on parchment :was well filled. Cronshaw's family, “ Presentation address, June 14, 1855. assisted by Messrs. E. Riley and James The members of the Accrington MeHaworth, were in attendance, and played chanics’ Institution learn with regret several beautiful pieces before the com- that they are about to lose from amongst mencement of the meeting, and after- them the Rev. Dr. Bayley, whose use
fulness in behalf of the institution and sistance to him, and that had led bim of education has been invaluable. As a to endeavour to asíst other young men token of their respect for his public to similar privileges. Before an instiworth, of their gratitude for the eminent tution of this kind was thought possible services he has rendered them, and of in Accrington, he suggested the formatheir admiration of the elevated posi- tion of classes to meet in the rooms of tion he has taken-being foremost in his Sunday school, but to be open to all all movements tending to elevate and young men without any sectarian exclu. improve the condition of man--they sion, and soon more than two hundred present him with a timepiece, and hope young persons had joined. This examat some future day he may visit them ple was followed by other religious soagain, when they will be happy to hold cieties, until the desire for sciences had out to him the right hand of fellowship so increased, that it was proposed they and welcome.—Signed on behalf of the should have a public scientific institumembers of the institution, Swain tion, one that should be as catholic as Rhodes, vice-president; John Heyworth, science itself, and as void of sectarian secretary.”
character; and not only devoid of any. Dr. Bayley, on rising, was received thing sectarian, but free from even the with rapturous applause. He said—Mr. appearance of sect-so free and open chairman and secretary, and my very that all could help each, and each help good friends of the institute : I can all. And this is the Mechanics' Instiassure you that I receive this token of tution of the present day. As the pracyour kindness with feelings of grateful tical aim of this meeting was to promote regard, such as words can very faintly the interests of this society, they would express, and that not only for its own permit him earnestly to impress upon beautiful character, but for the far more the mind of every young man within beautiful character of the motives in the sound of his voice, how essential it which it has originated and the kind is that all should endeavour to foster manner in which it has been presented. the extension of science, because sciIt was very true (continued the rev. gen- ence is so profitable, so beautiful, so tleman) that he had sought with such invaluable a treasure. It was said that opportunities as were open to him to do “knowledge is power," and never was what he could; but these opportunities there uttered a truer saying. A mistake had neither been so numerous nor so had existed with many a young man complete as he could have wisbed. He under twenty, having had abundance of always had a desire to be of use to his time at his disposal over his hours of fellow townsmen in general, and in pro- business, that his time is of no value, moting the cause of education in parti- that he would be securing the greatest cular. He did this because of the value happiness by indulging himself. What of the influence which education had does he want with dry scientific studies ? upon each individual and upon the town He would go into the fields and enjoy at large. He thus had endeavoured to himself, and this meant to the end of be useful because there was an eminent the street and back with some idle comdelight in being capable of serving others panions. Never was there a greater in this particular; because institutions mistake. Without knowledge they could of this kind exercise a direct influence not enjoy life; and by digging into the upon those connected with them, and deep recesses of the mind, they would upon those around, of a very beneficial discover mines of wealth, far more precharacter; and lastly, because he had cious than those at the Australian gold felt in his own youth the value of such diggings. For instance, most of them institutions for those who needed assist- would have heard of Franklin : he was, ance in education. In the days of his in the first instance, a printer's boy. youth, when a boy of fourteen years He entered Philadelphia with only 3d. of age and onwards, he joined the insti- worth of bread under his arm; but being tution in Manchester; at that time they determined to cultivate his mind, he had not a table so well covered with became not only a successful man in papers as theirs now was; for then it making his fortune, but he became also was considered dangerous to have news- the oracle of the United States, and he papers in such institutions. Still the is now one of the sages of the world. scientific matter had been of great as- They might take Watt or Faraday, and